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Pregnancy changes your body in many ways. And the changes affect your body even after you give birth. Your recovering body may have to deal with various postpartum issues that vary in type and severity. One such common postpartum issue that women face after childbirth is UTI or urinary tract infection.
Urinary tract infection is defined as an infection of the lining of the urinary bladder and urethra. A urinary tract infection occurs when an infectious organism enters your urinary tract usually through the urethra and causes an infection. In some case the bacterial infection might travel up to the kidneys resulting in kidney infection.
What causes UTI post-delivery?
A shorter urethra (4 cm) in females as compared to males (20 cm) makes it easy for the bacteria to infect the bladder. Hence UTI is very common in women than in men. And pregnancy makes them more vulnerable.
The pelvic floor muscles help in keeping the urethra closed so that urine doesn t leak out. During labour, theses muscles go into an overdrive along with the ligaments, nerves and muscles of the lower abdomen. Excessive wear and tear during delivery can lead to injury or trauma to this set of muscles and ligaments. They subsequently might fail to do their job as they did pre-labour. Pregnancy may also cause the bladder to lose its tone making it difficult for women to completely empty their bladder. This makes the urine more susceptible to flow back up the ureters. The longer the urine stays in the urinary tract, the higher the chances of bacteria to multiply, and hence, higher the vulnerability to infection.
What are the signs and symptoms?
How is it treated?
UTI is normally treated with antibiotics. In some severe cases an intravenous drip with antibiotics may be administered. If you are breastfeeding, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics that are safe to take during such times. Antipyretics may be given to help bring down a fever. Pain killers can help relieve pain.
What are the preventive measures?
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